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Your whole life, you live with the day to day hell, not always understanding there is a more debased depravity just beyond the fringe of reality, and then you remember that LD Entertainment is remaking Jacob’s Ladder, and that the depravity is here all around us. But we always try to indiscriminately grasp for silver linings here at Cinema Blend, so we’re tentatively championing Glengarry Glen Ross director James Foley entering negotiations to take on the untitled update, which LD insists is more a homage than that dreaded "r" word.
Along with an episode of NBC’s Hannibal, Foley last helmed three episodes of Netflix’s original political drama House of Cards, which took home three Emmy Awards, and he’s currently filming several more for the upcoming second season. It’s no small feat to follow in the footsteps of pilot director David Fincher, who took home an Emmy for his work. Foley hasn’t put out a feature since 2005’s twisty Halle Berry thriller Perfect Stranger, which could have been worse, if I remember correctly. David Mamet’s Glengarry is arguably the best film Foley has created, if not 1986’s At Close Range, with thesps Sean Penn and Christopher Walken.
But he also did Fear, which has this scene.
And you thought ghoulish hospitals were scary. If we go back 24 or 25 years to when 9 ½ Weeks and Fatal Attraction director Adrian Lyne was named to direct Jacob’s Ladder, I bet nobody expected the film to be such a jarringly nightmarish jolt that still attains cult status so many years later. Anything can happen, I guess.
As TheWrap states, this new version will contain all the paranoia and askew visions of life and death and everything in between, but it will focus on a new set of characters and situations to suffer through those visions. Maybe the twist will be the whole film is taking place in current-day Tim Robbins’ head.
The script was written by Jeff Buhler (The Midnight Meat Train) from an earlier version by Jake Wade Wall (The Hitcher). While these guys are mostly unproven, it’s good that a seasoned vet like Foley is taking it on, and not the second-unit director from The Last Exorcism, or someone like that.
But then, Foley also directed Madonna’s Who’s That Girl? in 1987. In with the good air, out with the bad.